2021-22Regular SeasonRound 17
December 23, 2021 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 WIZINK CENTER

Shorthanded Real grabs famous win over CSKA

Real Madrid overcame a long list of absentees to claim an impressive 71-65 victory over CSKA Moscow at WiZink Center. The hosts started fast to lead by as many as 14 in the first quarter, but CSKA gradually narrowed the gap with improved defense and led 37-40 at the break. Real rallied to take a double-digit lead midway through the final quarter, which CSKA could never recover as its offense continued to misfire. Edy Tavares led the way with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nigel Williams-Goss top scored with 17 points. Debutant Urban Klavzar – one of four teenagers in the Real lineup – poured in 10 points, and Sergio Llull also scored 10. Will Clyburn (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Nikola Milutinov (13 points, 10 rebounds) both grabbed double-doubles for CSKA and Iffe Lundberg scored 10. Real remained perfect at home and retained second place with a 14-3 record, while CSKA dropped to 10-7.

Real raced into a big early lead with a big dunk from Tristan Vukcevic and three consecutive scores from Tavares including an alley-oop slam. Williams-Goss scored in transition to make it 11-0 before Milutinov scored CSKA’s first points with a three-point play. Klavzar and Rudy Fernandez both struck triples for a 17-3 lead. Milutinov continued to offer CSKA’s only resistance with two more baskets. Clyburn got involved with a couple of triples, pulling it back to 24-14 after 10 minutes.

Daniel Hackett’s corner three opened the second-quarter scoring and CSKA continued to narrow the margin as Alexey Shved’s first basket made it 26-21. Williams-Goss boosted Real with a three and Tavares’s dunk restored a double-digit margin. But an inside score and a triple from Nikita Kurbanov helped narrow the gap to 35-33 before Milutinov tied it up and Lundberg hit a three-pointer for CSKA’s first lead, helping make it 37-40 at the break.

Lundberg’s mid-range jumper and Kurbanov’s triple protected the lead early in the third, but Sediq Garuba’s first EuroLeague basket and a tip-in from Jeffery Taylor tied it up, 45-45. Williams-Goss sent Real back in front and corner threes from Johannes Voigtmann and Shved were met with a stepback three from Fernandez for a 56-55 lead after three quarters.

Sergio Llull made a three-pointer for his first basket to start the final period and Klavzar added another for a 62-55 lead. Llull was again on target from deep for a double-digit lead before Shved finally scored CSKA’s first points of the final quarter with a three-pointer. Both teams struggled to score before Williams-Goss hit a jumper for a 67-58 lead with less than 3 minutes remaining. Lundberg gave CSKA hope with a triple, but Williams-Goss netted two more inside baskets to seal the deal.

Shorthanded Real gives three debuts

Real came into the game with just nine players on the roster due to a long list of absentees with COVID-19 cases. Fabien Causeur, Vincent Poirier, Thomas Heurtel, Yabusele Guerschon, Anthony Randolph, Juan Nunez and Adam Hanga were all absent, along with Coach Pablo Laso. To cover for those missing players, teenagers Sediq Garuba, Urban Klavzar and Baba Miller were all named in the roster and made their EuroLeague debuts. The 17-year-old Slovenian guard Klavzar made a great first impression, scoring 6 points in the first quarter and he also came back to score a big triple in the final period for a 62-55 lead, which helped secure the win.

Real takes care of the ball

One of the keys to Real’s unexpected victory – which came with just five senior players in the roster – was the home team’s excellent ball handling. Real committed just 4 turnovers throughout the game with no player committing more than 1. The home team’s offense was mostly led by Nigel Williams-Goss, who led the scoring with 17 points and also dished a game-high 5 assists with just 1 turnover. He spent more than 34 minutes on the floor and scored 6 points in the final 3:25 to ensure the victory stayed in the Spanish capital.

CSKA suffers bad night offensively

Other than a run of 19 points in less than 5 minutes at the end of the first half, it was a horrible offensive night for CSKA Moscow. The Russian team made just 12 of 36 two-point attempts (33.3%) and 9 of 33 (27.3%) from beyond the arc, and could only score 65 points despite grabbing 19 offensive rebounds. Some of CSKA’s biggest stars failed to make an impact, as Alexey Shved made just 3 of his 11 field goal attempts and Tornike Shengelia did not score a single point. And although Will Clyburn led the team with 16 points, 7 of those came from the foul line as he shot 4 of 16 from the field.

Walter Tavares - Real Madrid - EB21
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; LATISEVS, OLEGS; NEDOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 5030
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid24131915
CSKA Moscow14261510
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid24375671
CSKA Moscow14405565
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL 34:20 17 7/14 1/4     6 6 5 1 1   1 3 4 18
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 24:31 6   2/7     5 5 2 1 1     3 1 6
7 KLAVZAR, URBAN 22:53 10 1/2 2/3 2/4   1 1           2 2 7
11 VUKCEVIC, TRISTAN 10:25 6 1/1 1/1 1/2   2 2     1     2 1 5
16 GARUBA, SEDIQ 15:27 2 1/3       1 1   1     1 3   -2
18 MILLER, BABA 1:54           1 1           2   -1
22 TAVARES, WALTER 35:38 15 6/11   3/3 4 6 10 1 2   4 1 2 4 28
23 LLULL, SERGIO 30:31 10 1/2 2/10 2/4   4 4 3   1     2 6 9
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 24:21 5 1/3 1/4   2 3 5   3       3 2 7
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 71 18/36 9/29 8/13 6 29 35 11 8 5 4 3 22 20 76
        50% 31% 61.5%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 LUNDBERG, IFFE 26:50 10 2/6 2/6     2 2   1 1     4 3 3
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 2:39   0/2 0/1   1   1         1     -3
7 UKHOV, IVAN 3:07         1   1               1
10 HACKETT, DANIEL 21:39 5   1/4 2/2   2 2 3   1     3 4 7
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 4:07   0/1     2 1 3     1         1
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 8:13 5 0/1 1/3 2/2   1 1 2     1 1 5 1 1
21 CLYBURN, WILL 34:05 16 3/12 1/4 7/8 4 9 13 2 1 1   1 2 6 21
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 11:56   0/2 0/2   2   2 3   3     3 2 -3
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 25:47 13 5/7   3/3 5 5 10 1       1 1 3 23
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 4:33     0/2     1 1     1     1   -3
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 30:06 8 1/1 2/4   1 5 6 2     2     1 17
91 SHVED, ALEXEY 26:58 8 1/4 2/7   3 1 4 1 1 2     1 1 4
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 65 12/36 9/33 14/15 19 31 50 14 3 11 3 4 20 21 72
        33.3% 27.3% 93.3%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow

"This game has a lot of unwritten rules and the only unwritten rule in every team sport is to compete and play hard. As I said in the pregame interview, Real Madrid have my sympathy and empathy for what’s going on, but that shouldn’t affect us.

"We had a very bad start, we gave them all the boost they needed. We came back strong in the second quarter and took over, but that was not enough. We were not making shots, turning over the ball, even though we were dominating the boards. That’s not about strategy, or Xs and Os. That’s about the desire and the wish. Congratulations to Real. Klavzar and Garuba played a great game, so we’d better remember those names."

 

MATEO, CHUS

Assistant Coach Real Madrid

"We had a lift in the end. We knew it was very difficult to win today because the week was very weird. But we did it. I’m very proud of my players, it’s amazing how they fight until the end, and I’m very happy for the fans because they were with us until the end. They know that they have to be useful for the team and they tried their best, played with a big heart, used fouls when they had to do it, and played very smart even though they are very young. We are working very well with young players and it’s a great happiness for everybody at Real Madrid."

Players

TAVARES, WALTER
Real Madrid
"It’s hard to play a tough team in the EuroLeague, if not the best, then one of the best. We missed a lot of guys so we came here to fight and try to do something. Like our coach said, we had to believe, try our best, to see if we can win or not. Never give up and fight until the end – this is Madrid."
WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL
Real Madrid
"It was going to be a challenge for the team. We just fought, we believed, and I think the first quarter set the tone. We came out aggressive and it set the tone that we were here to play and trying to win. I’m happy for the young guys and the coach did an incredible job stepping in, a great team effort. [Message for the missing players] We stepped up for you guys, we hope you guys are resting up, most important you guys stay healthy, and Hala Madrid!"